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Publisher's Summary

Jen Larsen always thought that if she could only lose some weight, she would be unstoppable. She was convinced that once she found a way to not be fat any more, she would have the perfect existence she'd always dreamed of. When diet after diet failed, she decided to try bariatric surgery, and it worked better than she ever could have dreamed: she lost 180 pounds. As the weight fell away, though, Larsen realized that getting skinny was not the magical cure she thought it would be and suddenly, she wasn't sure who she was anymore.
Stranger Here is the brutally honest, surprisingly hilarious story of one woman's journey from one extreme of the weight spectrum to the other, and of the unexpected emotional chaos it created. Insightful and unsparing in her self-examination, Larsen depicts the exhilarating highs and devastating lows she experienced as a result of her weight loss, the incredible joy of finally beginning to look like the image of herself she's always carried inside her head, and the crushing pain and confusion of feeling like a stranger in her own body after losing the weight that has always defined her.
©2013 Jen Larsen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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By L. on 08-02-17

Touching on difficult issues, with funny bits

I really liked this book, it was able to capture the feelings and complexities of what it means to be fat in society and what it means to lose weight when being fat was a part of your identity both of which are complex issues that the author portrays well.

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By cassie on 03-23-14

Very American

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not necessarily very subjective story about an individual's experience of gastric surgery and not particularly helpful for those going through or about to go through gastric surgery but interesting none the less.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jen Larsen? Why or why not?

Yes the story was good

Did Stranger Here inspire you to do anything?

No

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